Friday 23 February 2018

Cork chasing five cups in a row

Young Munster have won the Munster Cup seven times previously. Stock image
Young Munster have won the Munster Cup seven times previously. Stock image

Declan Rooney

The chance to claim five Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup wins in a row for the first time in their history is a great target for Cork Con, who take on Limerick rivals Young Munster in Sunday's decider at Irish Independent Park.

In a repeat of last season's final, which took place at Thomond Park, Cork Con are chasing their 28th provincial cup win, which would move them to within 10 of Garryowen at the top of the winners' board.

In reaching the final, Con secured wins over UL Bohemians, Nenagh Ormond and Highfield in the semi-final, while the Cookies had to account for Kanturk, Shannon and Cashel en route to the decider.

Young Munster have won the Munster Cup seven times previously, with their last triumph coming back in the 2009-10 season. Kick-off at Irish Independent Park is 2.30pm on Sunday.

The winners will take their place in next season's Bateman Cup. This year's Bateman final between Old Belvedere and Cork Con has been confirmed for April 29 at Anglesea Road.

Coincidentally, the two teams will meet at Temple Hill next weekend when the All-Ireland League Division 1A returns after this off week.

Con were runaway winners over Buccaneers in the Bateman semi-final on a 63-0 scoreline and they will be hopeful of claiming a fifth win in a row in this cup competition as well.

Wins over St Mary's, UCD, Clontarf and Galwegians has seen the Cork men dominate the competition in recent years, but against an Old Belvedere side coached by Paul Cunningham and Eddie O'Sullivan they will face a significant test this time round.

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